Academy for Community Entrepreneurs (ACE) instills the foundations of successful entrepreneur development including strategic business planning, marketing, and resource management. ACE is a Central Community House initiative to help budding or existing entrepreneurs overcome the challenges to small business success. It is a collaborative endeavor, bringing together the best industry experts Columbus has to offer.


Entrepreneurship courses will be taught by Deonna Barnett of Aventi Enterprises. Susan Colbert of the OSU Extension will teach money management modules. Creative industry networking and expertise will be offered by Central’s Jackie Calderone, Director of Transit Arts. Access to capital resources will be provided by the Economic and Community Development Institute (ECDI).

ACE Orientations

Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at 6:00 pm

Friday, January 24, 2020 at 10:00 am

Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at 6:00 pm

Friday, February 21, 2020 at 10:00 am

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at 6:00 pm

Friday, March 13, 2020 at 10:00 am

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Access to Capital Information Session

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 6:30 pm

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Protecting Your LLC Workshop

Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 10:00am

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Business/Personal Finance Workshops

Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 10:00am

Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 10:00am

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Business Model Design Workshops

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 6:00pm

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For more information contact: Cleesia Smith, ACE Program Coordinator at 614-252-3157 or